Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Treatment of Persistent Pain

What is spinal cord stimulation? A spinal cord stimulator is a pacemaker-like device that acts by sending electrical impulses to the spine to block pain signals from reaching the brain. Generally, spinal cord stimulation is useful in the treatment of chronic pain or pain that is persistent even after other treatments like surgery. SCS can often be a useful treatment …

Back Pain & Posture

We’re sure many individuals have been told a few times by their mother to “sit up straight”. Contrary to popular belief, Mom doesn’t that just to annoy you and this piece of advices is definitely worth taking. Alongside playing a role in having balance, good posture allows individuals to maintain correct form while exercising. Good posture also strengthens abilities in …

The Prominence of TMJ Pain

With more than 3 million reported cases in the US every year, TMJ pain (or Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is very common. However, though, many people do not know what to do when they first encounter this strange new pain. It’s can be alarming when a part of the face begins hurting out of nowhere. With closer inspection, it’s clear that …

What is good posture?

When discussing proper body alignment, the idea of good posture is often arbitrarily thrown around as a concept that everybody should understand and actively practice. The actual rhetoric surrounding what makes posture good or bad, though, is a bit more complex. Demystifying this issue in the public sphere is an important task – because improving posture can mean improving pain …

Sciatica Back Pain

Whether it’s heartbreak or physical, chronic pain will always be, well a pain to deal with. There’s a number of different symptoms that categorize certain chronic pains accordingly. Sciatica back pain is a symptom of an underlying medical condition, according to spine-health.com. Spine Health also states that “Sciatica is a term described as the symptoms of leg pain that originates …

Does Stem Cell Therapy and Lower Back Pain Mix?

For years, stem cell therapy has been known to replace the neurons that have been damaged by either stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and spinal cord injuries. According to cirm.ca.gov, “In theory, there’s no limit to the types of diseases that could be treated with stem cell research. Given that researchers may be able to study all cell types via …

Bad Knees and How to Relieve Them

At some point or another, we all experience knee pain for a number of reasons. Chronic knee pain can occur due to obesity, sports injury, etc. According to medicinenet.com, “Knee pain is a common problem with many causes, from acute injuries to complications of medical conditions.” When it comes to knee pain, the severity varies. Overusing your knee can also …

CPI Concurs with FDA Warnings of Opioid Use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced class-wide safety labeling changes for immediate-release opioid pain medications. Among the changes, the FDA is requiring a new boxed warning about the serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death. We at the Capitol Pain Institute (CPI) concur with the FDA and its continuing effort to educate prescribers and patients …

Yoga: Good to get bent out of shape?

by Dr. Raimy Amasha Yoga may at first seem to some people as the art of forming a pretzel with ones body but a closer look into this discipline reveals pursuit of a greater goal. Yoga advocates claim pursuit of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness through this ancient art. Herein, we will explore the thousands of years old Indian practice and see …

What is the cause of your back pain?

by Dr. Sameer Sharma Low back pain, a ubiquitous condition that seems so familiar to everyone, has become ever so prevalent.It is common to hear of low back pain among parents, siblings, and even colleagues. Not surprisingly, neck and back pain are the leading musculoskeletal complaints that contribute to impairment and disability. Studies have shown that the lower back has a …